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Mars | [Ben Bova]

Mars

Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.
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Publisher's Summary

This grand epic adventure from six-time Hugo Award - winning author Ben Bova tells the irresistible story of man's first mission to that great unconquered frontier, Mars. Technically plausible and compellingly human, Bova's story explores the political, scientific, and social repercussions of our greatest quest yet: the search for evidence of life beyond Earth's boundaries.

Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.

Listen to Ben Bova's complete Mars trilogy, including the second book, Return to Mars, and the third book, Mars Life.

©1992 Ben Bova; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A bulging, impressive, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know, you-are-there Martian odyssey." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Robin 06-06-11
    Robin 06-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Could have been better."

    It was incredibly hard for me to listen to this story from the POV of a Navajo trying to reclaim his roots. People need to get the culture down before putting their main character in it. Most irritating was the assumption of the coming of age "ceremony?". It would have been for a girl at menarch.Iy really would have been a better story without it..

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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 04-25-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 04-25-11
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    "its Ben Bova !"

    Constantly good, never immensely excellent, but Bova is always good
    I listened to sam gunn...venus and mars.
    sam gunn was funnier. but all have nice sci-fy stuff in them
    venus was more about the space travel which i like...mars more about the destination.
    I would have to say sam gunn>>venus>mars

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Nelson 04-08-11
    Bob Nelson 04-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Space opera!"

    Space opera in the Arthur C Clarke tradition: impeccable science and high adventure. Lyric descriptions of Martian landscapes, death-defying heroes. Romance... but no sex, please!
    I liked Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy immensely, and was a bit leery of anyone else trespassing. No need. Mars is fun!
    Recommended.

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    Brandon Snowflake, AZ, United States 04-07-11
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    "The Narrator is Great - Book is boring"

    I don't know how you make such a good subject such a boring read. The narrator did the accents very well and everything was very professional - but the book was sooo boring. Oh well.

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